Moniek Zeegers is a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE). Her research involves the question whether parenting affects DNA methylation processes in children and subsequently their stress-regulation capacity.
Moniek has a bachelor degree in Criminology in 2012 (VU University of Amsterdam), a (clinical) Master degree in Pedagogical Sciences (2014) and Research Master degree in Child Development and Education (2015; University of Amsterdam). She started her PhD research in July 2015 at the RICDE (finishing in 2019). This research focused on: (a) whether parents' mind-mindedness (i. e., their ability to hold in mind the thougths and feelings of their child) affects young children's socio-emotional development (e.g., attachment security, emotion regulation, social competence) and (b) whether clinical interventions that aim to improve parents' mind-mindedness lead to fewer problems in child development and adjustment.
Zeegers, M. A. J., Colonnesi, C., Noom, M. J., Polderman, N., & Stams, G. J. J. M. (2019). Remediating child attachment insecurity: evaluating the Basic Trust intervention in adoptive families. Research on Social Work Practice, in press.
Zeegers, M. A. J.1, Potharst, E. S.1, Veringa, I. K., Aktar, E., Goris, M., Bögels, S. M., & Colonnesi, C. (2019). Evaluating Mindful with Your Baby/Toddler: observational changes in maternal sensitivity, acceptance, mind-mindedness, and dyadic synchrony. Frontiers in Psychology, in press.
Colonnesi, C., Zeegers, M. A. J., Majdandžić, M., van Steensel, F. J. A., & Bögels, S. M. (2019). Fathers’ and mothers’ early mind-mindedness predicts social competence and behavior problems in childhood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, in press.
Zeegers, M. A. J.1, Potharst, E. S.1, & Bögels, S. M. (2018). Mindful with your toddler group training: feasibility, acceptability, and effects on subjective and objective measures. Mindfulness, 1-15.
Zeegers, M. A. J, de Vente, W., Nikolić, M., Majdandžić, M., Bögels, S. M., & Colonnesi, C. (2018). Mothers’ and fathers’ mind‐mindedness influences physiological emotion regulation of infants across the first year of life. Developmental Science, e12689.
Zeegers, M. A. J., Colonnesi, C., Stams, G. J. J. M., & Meins, E. (2017). Mind matters: a meta-analysis on parental mentalization and sensitivity as predictors of infant-parent attachment. Psychological Bulletin, 143(12), 1245-1272.
Zeegers, M.A.J. & Colonnesi, C. (2016). Dutch translation of the mind-mindedness coding manual 2.2 - the observational measure. Unpublished document.
Zeegers, M.A.J. & Colonnesi, C. (2016). Dutch translation of the mind-mindedness coding manual 2.2 - the representational measure. Unpublished document.